Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Shopping Haul

Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased by me using my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.

I have done a bit of shopping over the last week or so.  I got a bunch of stuff that I am super excited about so I really wanted to share it with all of you.  I ordered a few things from Sleek Make Up, went to Walgreens a couple of times, picked up a few things from Ulta and then stopped into both Benefit and Sephora.

Sleek Makeup is not sold in US stores.  I bought a blush from Amazon last year and really wanted to try a contour palette and their new Matte Me Liquid Lipsticks.  Their stuff is relatively inexpensive and a pretty good quality so I will probably definitely be ordering again.  I bought three items this time around.

Face Form Palette in Light, $14.99 - I ordered this because I really love the idea of contour palette and just having one item to grab for bronzer, highlight and blush.  I got this in light because I wanted a very subtle bronzer and I thought the blush would be very natural.  I do wish the blush was slightly more pigmented but it is beautiful non the less.

Matte Me in Party Pink, $7.49 - I have been dying for Lime Crime's Velvetine in Suedeberry but it has been sold out just about everywhere.  When searching for a dupe I heard that this was a decent one so I picked it up.

Blush in Coral, $6.99 - One of my all time favorite blushes is Benefit's Coralista, but I am pretty much done with my pan.  I thought I would pick this up to see how it holds up so we will see. 

There is a large Walgreen's in Downtown Crossing.  They sell down higher end brands there so when I had to go downtown last weekend I popped in.  I was kind of in drugstore heaven but I stopped myself from buying out everything.  

Garnier BB Eye Miracle Skin Perfector Daily Eye Roller, $13.49 - The Garnier Skin Renew Anti-Dark Circle Roller is one of my favorite under eye concealers.  When I saw this BB eye roller I thought I would pick it up to see how it compares.  The texture seems a little thicker and less runny then the Skin Renew one.

New Essential Lipgloss in Vienna, Cargo Cosmetics, $16 - I haven't used Cargo in a million years.  This is a pretty sheer pink just giving enough gloss and a tiny dose of color so it will be great for everyday.

Brow Groomer Scissor & Comb, Japonesque, $18 - I wanted a pair of these to groom my brows.

Dry Shampoo with Nettle 2 pack, Klorane, $29.25 - This is my favorite dry shampoo.  It is the only dry shampoo that I have tried that doesn't irritate my scalp.  It is a little pricey so when I saw this double pack, buy one get one half off, I had to pick it up.

I went into Ulta on a whim, which is usually a bad thing because I end up buying more than I wanted to.  That was the case at Ulta

Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Magenta, $7.99 - I can not find the link for these online, so they may be new.  I love matte lipsticks.  Matte's are the only colors I have been wearing lately.  This is a really pretty magenta. It's bright but not too bright.  

Naked Basics Double-Ended Brush, Urban Decay, $20 - I am not crazy about any of the Naked Palettes.  I think I may be the only person in the world who does not like them.  One thing I do like, however, is the brush that came in the Naked 2 palette and use that regularly. When I saw this, I was really interested in trying it because it reminds me of the Naked 2 brush but with flatter bristles so I thought I would give me more control over my eye color.

Simply Nude Lip Cream in Exposed, NYX Cosmetics, $6.50 - I love lip pencils but didn't have any nudes.  In fact, I do't have many, if any, nudes lip colors so I thought I would give this a try.

Seaweed Iconic Clay Mask, The Body Shop, $2.50 each - This is a repurchase.  I bought one of these a while back and recently tried it and really really liked it so I bought 4 more.  These are just the single use packets but I will probably eventually buy the full size mask next time I am in the Body Shop.

CC+ Radiance Palette, IT Cosmetics, $38 - I had my eye on this for a while.  I really like all in one contour, face color palettes and

Soft Matte Lip Cream in Istanbul, Prague, and Addis Ababa, NYX Cosmetics, $5.99 - I really love these matte lip creams.  I have a couple already so I picked up three more colors.  I really love the formula of these.

One Hot Minute, Benefit Cosmetics, $38 - I wandered into a Benefit Cosmetic shop and spotted this.  I was in the market for a new bronzer and hand't heard of this.  I kind of got this on a whim.  It is a little shimmery but I think it would be great for a night out.

This was a monumental moment for me.  I went into Sephora and only got one thing.  The day should go down in history books.  

beautyblender micro.mini, beautyblender, $17.95 - I don't know how practical these are but they are just so cute,  I have been using a makeup brush to apply my foundation but still reach for a beauty blender to blend out my under eye concealer. I thought these would be great for that, so I'll see how these work.  

I made one more trip to Walgreens.  Even though I did not need one more thing after this haul, I still managed to pick up a few items. 

Brighten Dark Circle Gel Eye Masks, Miss Spa, $7.99 - Like most women, I am always looking for something to treat dark under eye circles. I picked these up on a whim and don't have huge hopes for them.  I haven't opened the pack but I am assuming they are the typically sticky backed patches.  Those tend to irritate me more than anything so I am not sure why I even got these.  I bought them so I will try them, but I'm not super exited.

Baked Powder Blush in Bella Rosa, Milani, $7.99 - I like brighter pink blushes in the cooler months.  This is super bright so I imagine I will need to use a very light hand with this.

Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eyeshadow in Champagne, Milani, $3.99 - I already have one of these eyeshadows in another color and really really like it.  The formula is great and it lasts so I thought I'd pick up another.

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Disclaimer: All products mentioned were purchased by me using my own funds.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sunday Lusts: Henri Bendel Fall 2014 Wish List

If you have been following my blog for a bit, you probably have noticed that I am in love when Henri Bendel.  Bendel's is my fashion accessory paradise.  I could spend hours browsing their site looking for everything from handbags, jewelry, iPad cases and the best vanilla bean candle in the world.  The fall arrivals just mean a whole new bunch of products to obsess over.  Here are some of my favorites from their new arrivals.  

1. A-List Haircalf Tote
2. Floral Clutch
3. Centennial Stripe Smart Case for iPad Air
4. Centennial Stripe 2015 Desk Diary
5. Mercer Camera Crossbody
6. Debutante Asymmetrical Haircalf Clutch
7. Luxe Deco Bar Collar Necklace
8. Haircalf Party Starter Box
9. Leaf Headband

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Birchbox for CEW Limited Edition Boxes

CEW is a community defining the future of beauty.  Every year the organization gathers their 6000 members to highlight the year's best and brightest.  As they did last year, Birchbox is again featuring some of CEW 2014 favorite products in two Limited Edition Boxes.  The first box is full of Prestige headliners; some of CEW's favorite all-star products.  The second box is the mass appeal box, packed with best-in class products.

The Prestige Headliners box features 5 high-end products and two lifestyle extras.

Creamy Nail Polish in Cloud, 100% Pure - This 5-free polish offers luscious, chip-free color without harmful chemicals.  Retails for $12.00 (full size received)

Environmental Repair Plus Radical Recover After-Sun Lotion, COOLA - Rich in organic hydrators, this replenishing lotion instantly takes the sting out of sunburn and heals dry skin.  Retails for $32/6 oz (.5 oz received)

Brillant Glossing Creme, Fekkai - The fab-smelling cream leaves hair brilliantly shiny and frizz-free.  A pea-sized drop is all you need. Retails for $19.99/4 oz (2 oz received)

100% Pure Argan Oil Light, Josie Maran - Sources from Morocco, this 100% organic oil feels ultra lightweight and soothes everything.  Retails for $48/1.7 oz (.16 oz received)

Miracle Worker Overnight, Philosophy -  This powerhouse moisturizer has a blend of marine algae, peptides and vitamin C to fight the signs of aging while you sleep.  Retails for $68/2 oz (.4 oz received)

Lifestyle Extras: Pocket Mirror, Toe Separators

The mass appeal features 6 drugstore products.

100% Natural Lip Gloss in Spring Splendor, Burt's Bees - The nourishing gloss offers pearly-pink color and shine, courtesy of all-natural ingredients. Retails $8.99 (full size received)

Go Fresh Restore Body Wash, Dove - This gentle cleanser leaves skin feeling soft and revitalized, with a fruity scent that'll perk you right up. Retails $5.49/22 oz (1.8 oz received)

Voluminous Butterfly Mascara, L'Oreal Paris - A silk formula, paired with a breakthrough volumizing brush, makes for gorgeously thick, winged-out lashes. Retails $8.40 (full size received)

Protecting Light Moisturizer with SPF 15, Simple - Gentle enough for sensitive skin, this oil-free, vitamin-rich hydrator creates a lightweight shield against UVA and UVB rays. Retails $12.99/4.2 oz (full size received)

Keratin Smooth Keratin Infusing Serum, TRESemme - This light weigh formula fights frizz for salon-rivaling sleekness and shine. $5.99/3.3 oz (full size received)

Lip Therapy Rosy Lips, Vaseline - Adorable packaging aside, the balm deeply moisturizes lips and adds a lovely rose tint. $1.77/.25 oz (full size received)

The Prestige Box sells for $18 through Birchbox and is approximately a $43 value.  The Mass Appeal box sells for $15 through Birchbox and is approximately a $38 value.

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